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Annuals.  Taprooted.  Stems vary in number from 1 to several; pubescent.  Typical height is from 1 to 3 feet.

Overall inflorescences are flat- to round-topped, several-branched.  Flower heads are concentrated toward the ends of branches.

Flower heads are ligulate.  All florets are bisexual and fertile.  Corollas are yellow; 5-toothed.  Inner surfaces of involucral bracts are glabrous; outer surfaces of involucral bracts bear minute stalked glands and bristly hairs.  Below the primary involucral bracts is a secondary set of much shorter, narrower bracts.

Cypselae are spindle-shaped, not beaked, yellowish/orange, 1.5-2.5 mm long, 10-ribbed.

Basal leaves may be present at flowering.  Stem leaves are lanceolate or oblanceolate, toothed or lobed, with bases that clasp stems.

Similar species:  Hypochaeris radicata and Leontodon autumnalis.

Plants of fields, roadsides, open disturbed areas.  Flowers late May to July.  Not native.

 

 

 

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